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Railways to open `Jan Ahar` outlets at stations

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 15:04

New Delhi: With an aim of providing food
to passengers at reasonable rates, Railways is launching
special outlets in stations across the country.

To begin with four Jan Ahar (People`s Food) outlets are
going to be operational at Howrah, Bangalore, Chennai and
Secunderabad stations this month and seven more at different
stations including Patna, New Jalpaiguri, Lucknow and Mysore
next month.

An initiative of the Railway Passenger Services
Committee, the food prices at the Jan Ahar outlets will be in
the range of Rs 10 to Rs 35.

"These outlets will not be outsourced to private
contractors. It will be run by IRCTC itself under the strict
monitoring of the committee," said Derek O`brien, chairman of
the passenger services committee.

The committee was constituted by Railway Minister
Mamata Banerjee to suggest ways for improving food service at
stations and trains as there were a large number of complaints
against the quality of the food available.

While the Jan Ahar logo has been designed by a renowned
designer, the colour combination of the outlet will be yellow
and green.

"We have chosen the green and yellow colour to give a
youthful and vibrant look to the outlet," he said.

There will be sitting arrangement for a minimum of 50
persons at the outlet. The tables will be in yellow colour
while chairs will be in green.

"The uniform of the waiter will be also in yellow and
green with a matching cap," O`brien said, adding every month
three to four Jan Ahar outlets will be opening at important
stations across the country."

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 15:04
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